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Goodwood, 10 April, 2022

A 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon, offered from more than 50 years’ ownership, raced past its pre-sale top estimate of £350,000 to sell for the princely sum of half-a-milion (£506,000). The Sixties sportscar was the most valuable lot of yesterday’s Bonhams Goodwood Members MeetingSale, which enjoyed smooth sailing, achieving a total just shy of £7 million, with an impressive sell-through rate of 90%.

The two-owner DB5 had only covered 27,000 miles over the past forty years before being laid up in 2018. Although the DB5 required some recommissioning, its provenance ensured its strong performance at the rostrum.

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In its wake was a classic Albatross motorboat, formerly owned and driven by HRH the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh for more than 30 years, which sold for £69,000, more than twice its pre-sale estimate and setting a new auction world record for an Albatross craft.

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Another strongly performing Aston Martin was a 1961 DB4 4.5-litre Competition Saloon, which sold above estimate, achieving £235,750. Offered without reserve, the DB4 had been built for the AMOC racing series by renowned marque specialist, RS Williams and had enjoyed considerable success in North American sports car racing.

The highlights of the sale

The 1975 Earls Court Motor Show car, one of only seven Lagonda Series 1 cars built in period, which made £276,000. This example had been been meticulously rebuilt and upgraded to modern motoring standards by renowned Aston Martin specialist Richard Williams, with its power was increased to 480bhp courtesy of RS Williams’ 7.0-litre V8 conversion, with a top speed of 170mph.

The second most valuable lot of the day was a 1967 Maserati Mistral 4.0-Litre Spyder, the sale’s ‘cover car’ which achieved £299,000. One of only 123 Mistral convertibles built,  his example had been acquired as a partly dismantled restoration project by the UK-based vendor, who oversaw a comprehensive restoration of the Italian thoroughbred sports car, during his forty plus years ownership.

Maarten Ten Holder, Managing Director, Bonhams Motoring, commented: “This was a great start to our UK calendar. We are pleased that the British market is showing the same strength as displayed in our first US and European sales of the year, proving that the market in general is rebounding after the challenging last couple of years.”

Bonhams Motoring is now gearing up for The Monaco Sale which will be staged at the Fairmont Hotel Monte Carlo, on Friday 13 May, during the Monaco Historic Grand Prix. The team will then return to Goodwood for the Festival of Speed Sale on 24 June, for which consignments are currently being invited.

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The Irvine-Fynn AC Collection

Amassed over five decades by the vendor, this comprehensive collection of ACs, spanning
70 years of the independent British marque, achieved a white-glove result, with all eight cars sold. Leading the pack was a 1958 Ace Roadster which achieved £200,100, one of the sale’s top ten results.

Tim Schofield, Head of Department, Bonhams Motor Cars UK, said: “We were delighted to return to the Goodwood Members Meeting with a live sale. We presented a wide variety of cars to suit all aspects of the market, which attracted bidders from all over the world, in the saleroom and online, resulting in the high sell-through rate and strong results achieved.”